healthy_snackingBelieve it or not, snacking is a great way to help you to lose weight when you are following a healthy eating plan – such as the Lose Baby Weight post pregnancy weight loss plan.
Snacking will boost your metabolism and it will also help to keep you full until your next meal. Choosing a healthy eating snack will help to prevent you from making unhealthy food choices, too – which will help to prevent cravings.
Here are 10 healthy eating snacks to give you some ideas for snacks when you are losing pregnancy weight – and they all contain less than 150 calories. You can also see more snacking ideas here in our snacking section
Guacamole with Capsicum
Guacamole is packed with heart healthy omega-3s, and if you restrict your portion and serve it with crunchy capsicum you also help to reduce the calories. Serve ¼ cup of homemade or shop-bought guacamole with a sliced capsicum. Use the capsicum strips as dippers for a crunchy, flavour-packed snack that contains just 140 calories.
Strawberries and Dark Chocolate
This is a snack with a decadent flavour – but the flavonoids, cholesterol-reducing nutrients and feel-good factor of chocolate makes it healthier than you might think. Melt 28g of chocolate and drizzle over 5-6 medium fresh strawberries for a fresh, yummy snack that contains just 150 calories.
Rye Crispbreads with Hummus
Rye crispbreads are packed with wholegrains and therefore fibre, making them super filling and also incredibly good for you. Hummus is also packed with protein and omega-3s, as well as flavour. Spread 2 tbsp. of hummus on 2 rye crispbreads and if you like, top with a crunchy veg such as cucumber, cress or bell pepper. This snack comes in at just 120 calories.
Pistachios are a great snack as they come in their shells – and this helps you to stop eating them so quickly. They provide you with protein, lots of vitamins and nutrients and heart healthy fats. You can enjoy 45 pistachios – which is quite a large snack – for just 148 calories.
Mexican Wrap
If you love the full flavour of a Mexican wrap – bean dip and spicy tomato salsa – you might be surprised to learn that you can enjoy those flavours for less than 150 calories. Spread 1 x 6-inch corn tortilla (or wholegrain if you can find them) with 2 tbsp. bean dip and 2 tbsp. spicy tomato salsa, wrap up and pop into the oven for a few minutes to warm through. A super filling snack for 140 calories.
Endive Leaves and Goat’s Cheese
Goat’s cheese is packed full of calcium along with loads of vitamins and nutrients. Mash 1/3 cup of goat’s cheese with 1 minced garlic clove, some dried red chilli flakes and some salt and pepper and serve with some endive spears/leaves – use iceberg lettuce if that is all you have. Recipe serves 5, calories per serving: 90.
Oatmeal can make a super yummy snack – it contains lots of protein and fibre, and the bonus is, oatmeal is incredibly smooth and creamy, making it feel like a decadent snack. Cook 1 packet of instant plain and unsweetened oatmeal and sprinkle with a little cinnamon, natural sweetener and a couple of chopped walnuts for a warming snack any time of the day – it’s just 142 calories.
Minestrone Soup
Minestrone is probably the most balanced soup – it contains protein, carbohydrate and plenty of veggies, making it a mini meal. Serve ½ 400g tin of minestrone soup as a snack, with 1 tbsp. low fat cheddar cheese sprinkled on top for extra richness, flavour and a hit of calcium. This snack contains just 150 calories.
Tuna Pitta
Tuna is packed with protein and heart healthy fatty acids – and it’s delicious, too! Mix 50g tuna packed in water or brine – not oil, as this ramps up the fat and calorie content – with 1 tbsp. light mayo or if you prefer, vinegar. Season and stuff into a small 6-inch wholemeal pitta pocket with some crunchy cucumber for a filling snack that comes in at just 148 calories.
Maple Spiced Popcorn
Plain popcorn makes for a healthy alternative to potato chips, and it also feels like a treat, too – popcorn is usually a forbidden food. Toss 2 cups air-popped plain popcorn with 1/8 cup maple syrup and a pinch of salt and chilli powder to taste, spread onto a tray and bake in a low oven for 10 minutes. Leave to cool and serve. Serving size: 1 cup, calories: just 96!
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